Queen City Counseling & Consulting provides mental health services to adolescents in the Charlotte area. We see clients ages 13 to 25 with a special interest in treating trauma-related disorders in adolescents and young adults. As a practice we take pride in supporting the parents of our adolescents by providing them with skills and knowledge to take an active supportive role in their teens’ treatment and recovery.
With todays’ societal pressures, the impact that adverse life events can have on ones’ daily functioning, as well as growing awareness through “#MeToo” and anti-bullying movements, co-owners and therapists Amy Gregor, LCSW and Ashley McGurkin, LCSW saw a growing need for mental health services in the area, particularly for adolescents and young adults. To address this need, Queen City Counseling & Consulting officially opened its doors to the Charlotte community in January 2019.
What’s with the Cactus?
You may notice several Cactus plants and Cactus-related artwork around our office. It has become Queen City Counseling & Consulting’s “representation of resiliency.” But why?
“The beauty of the Cactus can really be captured more from its meaning rather than its physical expression. It’s considered to be uninviting, and unable to show more than its protective prickly cloak. However, it represents Enduring all things, no matter how painful or difficult, protection from danger and threats and finally warmth and care.”
Aragon, I. (December 5th, 2016). The Significance of a Cactus. Retrieved from https://www.theodysseyonline.com
Much like the cactus, different life events and experiences cause people to respond in ways to protect themselves from pain and harm and allow them to keep going. This is the power of human resiliency. Humans can withstand and bounce back from the most unimaginable circumstances, much like the Cactus endures harsh conditions on a daily basis.
Although these response mechanisms may keep them safe, they often keep others at a distance and prevent people from seeing the true you. At Queen City Counseling & Consulting, we are strong believers that no matter the circumstances and life events one has experienced, everyone has and deserves the ability to love, care, and show compassion to both themselves and others. It is our job to help you access the inner you to find warmth and care.
The Cactus helps remind us of resiliency and ones ability to feel both empowered to stand up and protect ourselves, yet still be able to accept and show love, kindness, and compassion to oneself.
We are Queen City Counseling
We are a psychotherapy practice in the South Park area of Charlotte providing individual and group therapy for adolescents and young adults. We have a strong focus on parent support and family involvement with a special interest in trauma focused therapy.